Estate Sales & Valuations


McTear’s understands that when it comes to valuations for Inheritance Tax, speed and accuracy are of the essence.

We work with Scotland's largest solicitor firms to offer a complete valuation and auction service to executors, estate trustees and legal professionals. Executries Manager, Magda Ketterer, can arrange for valuations of entire property contents, or of individual items, to be completed usually within a few days of instruction. The report can then be sent by post or email. As a dedicated contact for legal professionals, Magda ensures the smooth running of executry sales from initial instruction to conclusion.

McTear’s valuation service extends across the country and attends to clients' needs in an efficient and discrete manner. We offer a complete service to clients who require items collected for auction and assistance in dealing with property contents. McTear’s also undertakes valuations for Insurance and Capital Gains Tax Planning. Where no formal valuation is required, a home visit with verbal advice can be conducted free of charge. 

With a first class service and competitive fee structure, McTear’s strives to be your first call for executry instruction. 

McTear's is Scotland's only auction company to have a dedicated point of contact for executry work.
To contact McTear's Valuations Director, Magda Ketterer, call 0141 810 2880, or email


Private Collections & Estate Sales


Estate sales and private collections require special attention. We are proud to offer a first-class, personal service to clients, with hundreds of years of auctioning experience behind us. McTear’s hosts a calendar of specialist auctions in all major categories of art and antiques, with single-owner auctions featuring throughout the year.

We recognise the demand from national and international buyers for private collections at auction and, especially, for private Scottish collections. Recent single-owner sales have shown the power of Scottish collections, when treated and marketed correctly, to exceed pre-auction expectations, in terms of sparking interest from collectors globally and in respects the hammer results.

Furthermore, we will not ‘cherry pick’ items nor disregard more modestly valued items. Rather, we are pleased to offer an international bidding audience to all items within an estate, be it a hammer price of £100,000 or £100. Our international database of bidders coupled with an extensive promotion of auctions in the printed press, on television, social media and in digital advertising, ensures the very best results for all lots consigned to sale.




2021 Estate Sales

Recent single-owner auctions include the collection of the late William Mowat-Thomson, an iconic figure in the Scottish dance world. McTear’s was delighted to bring to auction last month the wonderful collection housed in his fabulous Georgian home in Edinburgh’s west end, with many outstanding results. 

Earlier in the year, stunning private collections of Asian Art and Lalique glass were brought to auction by our team, again enjoying huge success. 






For clients new to auction, and for experienced vendors, McTear’s dedicated contact is on-hand to ensure a smooth and successful journey from initial meeting to the fall of the final hammer.

To discuss an estate sale or private collection, please contact Valuations Director Magda Ketterer on 0141 810 2880 or



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